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  1. Game 53: Rangers at Nats

    May 30, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s not their first-ever visit to D.C. — they were here in 2008 — but it’s always notable when the Texas Rangers come to town, given that franchise’s history. For 11 seasons from 1961-71, they were the expansion Washington Senators, the team of Frank Howard and Ted Williams and the original curly W logo. How…

  2. UPDATE: Zimmerman could return to Nats by Tuesday

    May 30, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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    Updated at 5:51 p.m. Ryan Zimmerman’s long road back from a broken thumb suddenly looks a lot shorter. Zimmerman will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac tonight, batting third and serving as designated hitter at Pfitzner Stadium, his first game appearance in nearly seven weeks. Out since fracturing his right thumb April 12…

  3. The Baseball Show: Nats go golfing

    May 30, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured a pretty funny segment from spring training. Nationals relief pitchers Drew Storen and Craig Stammen went golfing with former teammate Livan Hernandez down in Viera, Fla., and CSN had a camera there. All three guys were mic’d up as they played the course and it made for…

  4. McLouth finally delivering for Nats

    May 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Quick: Name the Nationals’ most-productive offensive player over the last 2 1/2 weeks. Ian Desmond? Nope. Adam LaRoche? Sorry. Nate McLouth? No chance. Wait, no, actually it is McLouth. Seriously. Over the Nationals’ last 15 games, McLouth leads the club with a .324 batting average, .419 on-base percentage and four stolen bases. OK, so that’s…

  5. Nats announce makeup game

    May 29, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Marlins will play a split doubleheader on Sept. 26 to make up their Tuesday game that was postponed due to rain. The team made the announcement on Thursday, setting the makeup game for 1:05 p.m. that day. The teams will then play their second game at 7:05 p.m., as originally scheduled. The two…

  6. Trying to explain Zimmermann’s rough stretch

    May 29, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    AP

    If there was one guy on the roster coming out of spring training that gave the Nationals no cause for concern, it was Jordan Zimmermann. The right-hander had been a model of consistency and success for three seasons, and there was no reason to believe anything would be different this time around. Well, two months…

  7. Left on base

    May 29, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    After the Nationals’ sixth loss in their last seven games – this an 8-5 defeat against the Marlins in 10 innings – one all too familiar stat jumped out of the boxscore. The Nats’ inability to bring home runners in scoring position has been a problem all season, and it once again proved costly on Wednesday night. Eleven…

  8. Instant analysis: Marlins 8, Nats 5 (10)

    May 28, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In the wake of Tuesday’s rainout, Matt Williams decided to alter his pitching rotation, bypassing rookie Blake Treinen and sticking with Jordan Zimmermann on normal rest. The move made sense, especially considering Zimmermann’s past struggles when pitching on extra rest, but then the right-hander took the mound and once again didn’t…

  9. Purke to have Tommy John surgery

    May 28, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

    Purke ready to face Georgetown

    Nationals minor league pitcher Matt Purke will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, the team announced. The surgery will be performed on Thursday by Dr. James Andrews. Purke, 23, was once considered among the best pitching prospects in the game of baseball. He was drafted 14th overall by…

  10. Zimmerman takes BP, grounders

    May 28, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Cleared for baseball activities on Monday, Ryan Zimmerman took live batting practice for the first time in over six weeks before the Nationals’ game against the Marlins on Wednesday. Zimmerman took hacks as part of a group for about 20 minutes and also participated in team infield practice at first base. He practiced fielding groundballs, scooping throws…

  11. Game 52 (Take 2): Marlins at Nats

    May 28, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    And we’re back at Nationals Park, hoping the weather cooperates tonight and allows the Nationals and Marlins to wrap up their abbreviated, rain-shortened series and at least get two games in. The forecast once again doesn’t look great, with storms expected to roll through here at some point this afternoon/evening. After postponing last night’s game…

  12. Nats becoming more efficient on basepaths

    May 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams, from the moment he took over as manager of the Nationals, has preached an aggressive style of baserunning, encouraging his players to make a more concerted effort to take extra bases when given the opportunity. Which isn’t to say he wants his players running at will on the bases, either. In his words,…

  13. Game postponed, no makeup this week

    May 27, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:12 p.m. A major thunderstorm that swept through the Washington area forced the postponement of Tuesday night’s game between the Nationals and Marlins, which will not be made up for some time, perhaps not until the final weekend of the season. Rain began falling at Nationals Park shortly after 6 p.m. and became…

  14. Zimmerman ready for BP, grounders but still shagging

    May 27, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT

    AP

    Ryan Zimmerman will take a full round of batting practice and field groundballs at third base Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his right thumb April 12, but the injured Nationals slugger continues to work in left field as the Nationals try to prepare themselves for a variety of scenarios moving forward. After an…

  15. Game 52: Marlins at Nats

    May 27, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals aren’t scoring runs. This probably isn’t news to you. They’ve scored a total of 14 runs over their last six games (five of them losses). In their 26 losses this season, they’ve scored 52 total runs. Yes, that’s an average of 2 runs per game. (FYI: They’ve scored an average of 5.84 runs…

  16. State of the Nats: Positive signs?

    May 27, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Top storylines: Espinosa continues to struggle – Much of the reason the Nationals have been so bad offensively in May has been due to injuries. Missing Adam LaRoche, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper is enough to make any team start struggling at the plate. But adding to their troubles have been players slumping who were initially…

  17. Nats still searching on offense

    May 27, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT

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    After getting Adam LaRoche back from a quad injury on Sunday, the Nationals are getting increasingly close to full strength. Though Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t have a specific timeline to return, he will begin swinging a bat on Tuesday. Once he takes the field again – as long as no one else goes down in the…

  18. Giancarlo Stanton again dominates Nats

    May 26, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton has been in the majors – and in the National League East – for five years now. His power is nothing new, from the moment he stepped on a big league field he presented a home run threat. The problem now, however, is that he has help. Only once before this season had Stanton played on…

  19. Zimmerman cleared to start swinging

    May 26, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    Zimmerman has shoulder surgery

    Moving through the seventh week of his recovery from a fractured right thumb, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was cleared for baseball activities after the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Monday. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement, and though it represents excellent news for the 25-26 club, a timetable for his return still has…

  20. Instant Analysis: Marlins 3, Nats 2

    May 26, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Marlins entered Nationals Park on Monday with the worst road record in the majors, and Tanner Roark took the mound for Washington with a 0.78 ERA across 46 innings at home. Though those numbers would suggest a favorable matchup for the Nats, their Memorial Day bout with Miami didn’t go quite…

  21. Zim to have X-ray, Gio working towards bullpen

    May 26, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

    AP

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will undergo an X-ray on his broken right thumb Monday, and could be cleared for baseball activities later in the day. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman is progressing well and should be able to start taking batting practice and infield groundballs very soon. Zimmerman threw from 90 feet before the…

  22. Game 51: Marlins at Nats

    May 26, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Coming off a series loss against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Nationals return home to play the second place Miami Marlins at Nats Park on Memorial Day. The Marlins are a half-game ahead of Washington in the NL East after dropping two of three vs. the Brewers. The Marlins are a much better team than…

  23. A stopper in mindset, if not words

    May 25, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

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    PITTSBURGH — There are pitchers who will openly say they take the mound with a little extra emotion and motivation when their club is in the midst of a losing streak and desperately needs to put an end to it. Some guys relish the idea of being their team’s stopper. Doug Fister, though, doesn’t buy…

  24. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Pirates 2

    May 25, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They entered today on a four-game losing streak, with a sub-.500 record and mounting concern in the clubhouse. Yet the Nationals had to feel encouraged about their chances in their series finale at PNC Park, for several reasons: 1) They had Adam LaRoche back from the DL, 2) They were facing…

  25. After strong start, Espinosa back in prolonged slump

    May 25, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

    AP

    PITTSBURGH — There was perhaps no more pleasant development for the Washington Nationals in April than the re-emergence of Danny Espinosa after a disastrous 2013 that threatened his future with the organization. And there has been perhaps no more discouraging development for the Nationals in May than the regression of Espinosa back into the form…

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